Parody of the Three Evening Poems: Teika, Jakuren, and Saigyô

見立三夕 「定家 寂蓮 西行」

Edo period
about 1763–64 (Hôreki 13–Meiwa 1)
Artist Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770), Publisher Nishinomiya Shinroku (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade (2013), #011; MFA, Printed Treasures (2008), #22; Chiba 2002 (this impression); Clark, Morse, Virgin, and Hockley, Dawn of the Floating World (2000-1), #141; Ukiyo-e shûka 4 (1979), list #85.1-3, and supp. 1 (1982), pl. 10


Uncut hosoban triptych on horizontal ôban sheet; 26.8 x 41.4 cm (10 9/16 x 16 5/16 in. )

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (benizuri-e); ink and limited color on paper

Out on Loan

On display at Fukuoka City Museum, Japan, July 7, 2018 – August 26, 2018


Asia, Prints and Drawings




Teika: Miwataseba/ hana mo momiji mo/ nakakeri/ ura no tomaya no/ aki no yûgure
Jakuren: Sabishisa wa/ sono iro to shi mo/ nakarikeri/ maki tatsu yama no/ aki no yûgure
Saigyô: Kokoro naki/ mi ni mo aware wa/ shirarekeri/ shigi tatsu sawa no/ aki no yûgure

定家 みわたせは花も ももぢも なかりけり 浦の とまやの秋の 夕暮
寂連 さびしさは そのいろとしも なかりけり 槙たつ山の 秋の夕くれ
西行 心なきみにも あはれは しられけり 鴫たつ さはの秋の夕暮


Suzuki Harunobu ga (on each design)


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection